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U.S. Africa Command Debates TomDispatch

On July 12, TomDispatch reporter Nick Turse showed how the U.S. Africa Command has spread its influence across that continent, establishing bases and outposts, sending in special operations forces and drones, funding proxy forces, and so on. One week later, Col. Tom Davis, director of the U.S. Africa Command Office of Public Affairs, responded.

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America’s Drones Are Homeward Bound

The FAA has until Sept. 30, 2015, to formulate a plan to integrate up to 30,000 drones into U.S. airspace.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



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A Former CIA Operative Against Excessive Secrecy

Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, on the Harper’s Magazine website, asks career CIA counterterrorism agent Henry Crumpton what America can do to balance the need for secrecy with the people’s right to know what their government is doing. Crumpton is author of the new book “The Art of Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up

Last month, a “senior administration official” said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the “single digits.” But last year “U.S. officials” said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The New Obama Doctrine: A Six-Point Plan for Global War

The face of American-style war-fighting is once again changing. Along with special ops, advisors, trainers, and commandos expect ever more funds to flow into the militarization of spying and intelligence, the use of drone aircraft, the launching of cyber-attacks, and joint Pentagon operations with increasingly militarized “civilian” government agencies.

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U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

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Assassin-in-Chief

Be assured of one thing: Whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mohammad Sajjad

Poking Holes in Pakistan

U.S. officials are awfully chuffed over the ability to reach out and bomb someone—most recently it’s maybe, possibly, al-Qaida’s No. 2 Abu Yahya al-Libi and at least four others. Pakistani complaints about a flurry of drone strikes in the last two weeks are falling on deaf ears.

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane

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Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Who Will the President Kill Next? It’s a Secret

The revelation that President Barack Obama is personally selecting names for a kill list of suspected al-Qaida terrorists is a striking illustration of what actually occurs behind the White House’s closed doors.

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U.S. Army / Spc. Matthew Freire

The Age of Drones

Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in.

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The President’s Kill List

Barack Obama campaigned to become the 44th president with vows to close Guantanamo, stop torture and end the war in Iraq. But campaigning and governing are two entirely separate things, as Obama quickly found out when confronted with the sustained threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the realities of fighting two foreign wars.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Armed Drones: Coming to an Airspace Near You

A Texas police department is just one of many local agencies across the country that has been granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration to use unmanned aerial drones in the course of its operations, and its chief deputy wants to arm its fleet with rubber bullets and tear gas.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE


Chomsky on Human Rights, Communities of Dissent and More

Dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky sat down with “Democracy Now!” for an hourlong conversation about the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, the relationships forged by Occupy Wall Street, Obama’s targeted assassinations, WikiLeaks’ whistle-blowing and Latin America’s gradual slip from U.S. dominance.

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Drone Patrols Grow on the Northern Border

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has outlined for the U.S. Senate a northern border surveillance program using unmanned drones that now extends from North Dakota to eastern Washington.

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Report Contradicts Obama on Drone Casualties

U.K.-based investigative reporters working with the Sunday Times have determined that “since Obama took office three years ago, between 282 and 535 civilians have been credibly reported as killed [by CIA drone attacks in Pakistan], including more than 60 children.”

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‘Our Sky Is Our Sky, Not the USA’s Sky’

Those words above belong to Iraq’s acting minister of the interior, Adnan al-Asadi, who is quoted by The New York Times among other Iraqi officials reacting negatively to the State Department’s unmanned (and unauthorized) surveillance drones flying over Baghdad.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Weapons ‘R’ Us: Making Warbirds Instead of Thunderbirds

“Makin’ Thunderbirds” is about auto workers back in 1955 who were “young and proud” to be making Ford cars. But in the early 1980s, Bob Seger sings, “the plants have changed and you’re lucky if you work.” Now America’s plants make the deadliest of weapons.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Drone That Fell From the Sky

The skies seem full of falling drones these days. The most publicized of them made headlines when Iran announced that its military had taken possession of an advanced American remotely piloted spy aircraft, thought to be an RQ-170 Sentinel.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. James Harper

Our Robotic Assassins

The skies over at least six countries are patrolled by robotic aircraft, operated by the U.S. military or the CIA, that fire missiles to carry out targeted assassinations. I am convinced that this method of waging war is cost-effective but not that it is moral.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Carl T. Jacobson

The High Cost of Cheap War

Nations will inevitably be more willing to use warfare as a foreign policy tool if they possess instruments limiting the cost of waging war.

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U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

U.S. Drone Stages First Strike in Libya

An American Predator was used for the first time in Libya on Saturday, striking at the forces of Moammar Gadhafi two days after President Obama authorized the use of aerial drones in the bloody civil war there. (more)

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 READ MORE


Keeping the United States From Assassinating Its Citizens

The ACLU has this crazy idea that the government should not be able to kill American citizens it doesn’t like without charge, trial or due process. Hippies.

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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Why Gen. Petraeus’ Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / David Maung

$600 Million to Beef Up Border Security

Who would have thought the comprehensive immigration reform promised by President Obama would include a whopping $600 million for increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border for surveillance technologies and 1,000 more Border Patrol agents?

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Shifting War Strategy Smacks of Desperation

The first decision made by Gen. David Petraeus as commandant of international forces in Afghanistan has been to abandon the policy he himself drafted in order to win the war and rebuild Afghan stability and government.

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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Blowback: Why They Try to Bomb Us

Imagine an alternate universe in which a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using onboard missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors, and then jokes about it.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Scott Reed

Our Murderers in the Sky

Key to Barack Obama’s surge is his expansion of targeted assassinations taking place under the guise of unmanned aerial drones operating in the Af-Pak region.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


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A War of Absurdity

There is no indication that any of the contending forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, are interested in bringing al-Qaida back. On the contrary, all the available evidence indicates that the Arab fighters are unwelcome and that it is their isolation from their former patrons that has led to their demise. 

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

Pakistan PM: U.S. Airstrikes ‘Intolerable’

American airstrikes in Pakistan aren’t sitting so well with the locals. Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani summoned the U.S. ambassador for a refresher course in “sovereignty and territorial integrity” on Thursday. But according to The Washington Post, the two countries have a tacit agreement that the U.S. can keep bombing Pakistan if Pakistan can keep complaining about it.

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